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offense • thesis • gather
resources • survey
  1. I plan to finish my by this May.
  2. Our English school offers a lot of additional for students.
  3. Don't take to this, but that isn't the best color of shirt on you.
  4. You can get $10 off you next purchase if you take a online.
  5. He likes to information before he makes any big purchases.
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Answer the following questions about the interview.
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556 Mean Professor

Shuan and Brett talk about their classes.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview. Learn more here.

take offense

He actually takes personal offense to what I say.

If you 'take offense' to something' you feel hurt, injured or offended by the comment or the action.  Notice the following:

  1. Please don't take offense to this, but I don't really like your new perfume.
  2. I was only trying to be honest.  I didn't want you to take offense.


Right now I'm really just working on my thesis.

A 'thesis' is a long academic writing, which is completed a after a long period of research.  Notice the following:

  1. He completed his thesis on criminal punishment last year.
  2. I will start writing my thesis is in a few months.


It's taking me a long time to gather all the materials.

If you collect materials, you 'gather' them.  More specifically we use this word to imply bringing a number of different items to one location.  Notice the following:

  1. The children gathered around the new puppy.
  2. Gather all of your things together.  It's time to go.


To gather all the materials, resources, and go through all the readings.

'Resources' is another word for supplies.  In an academic situation, this word usually refers to books or articles that you will use to support your research.  Notice the following:

  1. He doesn't have the financial resources right now to fix his house.
  2. She was trying to study, but she had forgotten most of her resources at home.


I have to survey about a thousand people.

'To survey' someone is to give him a questionnaire.  Surveys are usually done to collect anonymous information about a particular topic or product.  Notice the following:

  1. Have you ever taken a product survey?
  2. He completed the satisfaction survey before leaving the store.


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